The First Lady of Ogun State, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun has raised alarm on the incessant increase of rape cases in the country, with a call on the three arms of government to give unflinching support to matters concerning rape and other gender based violence.
She made this call during a peaceful walk and awareness to the Executive and the Legislative arms of the State to solicit support for expedite action against gender based violence and rape in the State.
She decried the gruesome rape and killings of Tina Ezekwe, Uwavera Omozua, Barakat Bello and Jennifer that occurred recently among others, stating that such crimes had been on the rise in the country and demanded drastic and urgent steps, to nip them in the bud.
She informed that Governor Dapo Abiodun recently inaugurated a committee that would ensure the development of an effective, comprehensive and coordinated response to cases of sexual and gender based violence in Ogun State, urging the committee to develop strategies to combat and prevent recurrence of such acts.
Mrs. Abiodun while emphasizing her readiness and commitment to ensuring that survivors of the acts were not stigmatized or discriminated against in the society, acknowledged the role of men in the struggle, which she said was necessary.
“We need to do more and ensure our survivors are not stigmatized and prioritize their emotional and mental well-being. I also humbly request that we continue to involve men in national conversation on violence against women, and to our men, already supporting this cause, thank you for speaking up.”
The First Lady further stressed that most of the violent sexual crimes committed against women were being perpetrated by boys and men, thus, the need to educate and sensitize them to be protectors and not perpetrators.
In his response, the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun commended the First Lady and her team for being a voice to women folk that formed about 50 percent of the world’s population.
He reiterated his commitment to ensuring that cases which bothered on women and girl child violation were expedited, to bring the offenders to book, assuring that men in the Executive would lend their voices to the campaign and give women and girl child equal opportunities, as well as empower them economically.
Earlier, the Speaker of the Ogun state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo commended Mrs. Abiodun and her team for their efforts and promised on behalf of the Legislature to give accelerated hearing and passage to any Bill that affect women and children in the State.